How to Make a Simple, Cordless Lantern

DIY Geometric Lantern / Crafted in Carhartt
DIY Geometric Lantern / Crafted in Carhartt
DIY Geometric Lantern / Crafted in Carhartt
DIY Geometric Lantern / Crafted in Carhartt
DIY Geometric Lantern / Crafted in Carhartt
Once the holidays have come and gone and all the decorations are put away, it can feel a bit glib around the house. I had a few strands of lights that I thought could be put to better use than sitting in a basement. Go ahead and give those rarely used lights a whole new purpose with these geometric lanterns.

You’ll need: an old cardboard box, scissors, masking tape, twine, a brush, glue or modge podge, a bowl of water, and a newspaper.

  • Step 1: Cut 3 identical triangles and an equilateral triangle with sides equal to the length of the base of the 3 larger shapes.
  • Step 2: Cut smaller triangles out of the middle of the largest shapes. Make sure they are identically sized cut outs.
  • Step 3: Tie a loop of twine and tape it the top of one of the larger triangles. It will serve as a way to hang the lantern later.
  • Step 4: Tape the pyramid together, with the 3 large triangles as the sides and smaller as the base. Make sure it is secure.
  • Step 5: With paper mache, coat the cardboard. Cut paper strips and use a mixture of 1:1 water and glue or modge podge.
  • Step 6: Get an LED battery operated strand of lights. Put the battery pack in the lantern’s base and wrap the lights around it.

This is such a fun way to spread cheer at all times of the year. Not to mention, it’s easy to use inside or out because it is cordless. Get your craft on, folks!